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    Default Helmet Light reviews with pictures.

    I thought i would make this thread so other members could have the chance to "see" some of the more common helmet lights. I plan on adding more lights to this review as time goes on. Feel free to make suggestions.

    What i am doing is trying to create a baseline by always comparing the lights in the same location. It's a hallway with no exterior windows so the conditions will always be the same. I contemplated taking pictures of the beams outdoors in a garage, but i figured what better place to compare helmet lights then in a typical household setting. So i picked a hallway with a carpet and flat painted walls and ceiling. This was there is no reflection from anywhere. So the beam you see is the true beam.

    The end of each flashlight is held at exactly 10 feet from the door. The door is 25" wide. So that should give you an idea of beam spread and scale. All 4 lights are brand new. The Nitex, which is rechargeable is fully charged. The LifeLights are brand new and fresh batteries are in the 4AA.

    Each picture is labeled.

    The "4AA" is the Streamlight 4AA LED light with the single Luxeon LED.
    The "NITEX" is the new UK Brand Rechargeable NITEX light.
    The "LLINC" Is the Garrity Incandecent LifeLight
    The "LLLED" is the Garrity LED LifeLight.

    "Bothlights" is the NITEX and 4AA side by side for scale. The 4AA has the Blackjack mount.

    Feedback? Suggestions for other lights? Other situations, etc.
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    Your labels didnt work but great post. Ill take the top one please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailboss2 View Post
    Your labels didnt work but great post. Ill take the top one please!
    Weird, it shows the labels on my computer? Must be because i am logged in? Who knows, well, this will make it easy.

    The list of lights,

    The first picture is: the Streamlight 4AA LED light with the single Luxeon LED.
    The second picture is: the new UK Brand Rechargeable NITEX light.
    The third picture is: the Garrity Incandecent LifeLight
    The fourth picture is: the Garrity LED LifeLight.

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    Thanks for posting this.
    I'm definitely not getting the bottom two then.
    Santa didn't bring me the light I want, so I still have to get one of those Streamlight dealies. Meanwhile I've got one mounted that does the job for now.

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    Good post. I've got the UK 4AA on my helmet. Decent light, seems to cut through the smoke nicely (well, as nice as you can expect.) I'd be interested to see them in a smoke filled environment as well, to see how the perform. Definitely not choosing the last two.
    Question for anyone. Do you have a flashlight on your jacket too? Is it LED? I'm looking to get a streamlight survivor. ( I think that's the model, can't remember off the top of my head) I just feel that the LED won't cut through as nice as the black xenon bulb. Any comments/opinions?

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    4AA Streamlight LED on a Blackjack on my helmet - I had to fiddle with the positioning so that it doesn't bounce off the visor, but now it's awesome.

    I also have a Pelican Sabrelite in my pocket as a backup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffbam24 View Post
    I'm definitely not getting the bottom two then.
    A Garrity is not even in the same category as the above two lights. $1.99 compared to $50.00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chenzo View Post
    Good post. I've got the UK 4AA on my helmet.
    I have that light and will add it to the review tonight.


    Quote Originally Posted by Chenzo View Post
    Question for anyone. Do you have a flashlight on your jacket too? Is it LED? I'm looking to get a streamlight survivor. ( I think that's the model, can't remember off the top of my head) I just feel that the LED won't cut through as nice as the black xenon bulb. Any comments/opinions?
    I have an LED Survivor. Ill do a picture of the beam tonight as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    A Garrity is not even in the same category as the above two lights. $1.99 compared to $50.00.
    The reason i put them in the review is they are extremely popular helmet lights despite how pathetic the light is. I have found them to be a waste. They are better then no light at all, but not by much.

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    We use,

    http://www.foxfury.com/products/detail.php?id=39

    It is an amazing light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    We use,

    http://www.foxfury.com/products/detail.php?id=39

    It is an amazing light.
    I have one of them and an even brighter non-fire rated light of theirs. They do work great. Especially for extrication and other non-fire applications. The one thing i have found is many people don't like them because they cover the entire bottom of the helmet shield.

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    I'll vote for this set:
    http://www.sarprod.com


    Works very well, fairly cheap and designed and owned by a fire captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenry32 View Post
    I'll vote for this set:
    http://www.sarprod.com


    Works very well, fairly cheap and designed and owned by a fire captain.
    It makes no mention of the Lumens the system puts out? Also no mention of the weight of the system. That is important info.

    The idea seems nice though. I think one would be plenty, two seems a bit exessive?. And strictly from an appearence standpoint, not knocking how well it works, i think it would look pretty odd having two flashlights bolted to each side of the helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenry32 View Post
    I'll vote for this set:
    http://www.sarprod.com


    Works very well, fairly cheap and designed and owned by a fire captain.
    Pretty sure those lights can be bought at Walmart for about 10 bucks a piece, With what is on the market now, that style LED is out of date.
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    Streamlight Vantage Pro all the way.

    http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=146

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue601 View Post
    Streamlight Vantage Pro all the way.

    http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=146
    That will be tested soon as well. I have seen it in the store and tried it out. But i am awating one on loan to do the test.

    My only gripe with it is the batteries. You can get AA batteries ANYWHERE, literally 24 hours a day. The batteries in the Vantage are only available cheaply online in most places. While they can be found in pharmaices and hardware stores, they are usually listed as camera batteries and sell for 3 or 4 times the price as they do online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD6956 View Post
    That will be tested soon as well. I have seen it in the store and tried it out. But i am awating one on loan to do the test.

    My only gripe with it is the batteries. You can get AA batteries ANYWHERE, literally 24 hours a day. The batteries in the Vantage are only available cheaply online in most places. While they can be found in pharmaices and hardware stores, they are usually listed as camera batteries and sell for 3 or 4 times the price as they do online.
    They also last longer and stay brighter longer than AA batteries. They can be found for comparable pricing if you know where to get them. I have had the same set in my light for a long time now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbrescue View Post
    They also last longer and stay brighter longer than AA batteries. They can be found for comparable pricing if you know where to get them. I have had the same set in my light for a long time now.
    I know those batteries are superior. I will not argue that. My only point was in a pinch, two CR123A batteries at drug store are going to cost you about $10.00 or more. Four AA batteries will be about half that.

    I know dozens of places online to get CR123A's for peanuts. But locally, they are far too specialized for most stores to carry in cheaper versions.

    I find the NITEX light shown above to be a better light overall. It's rechargeable which saves you tons of $$ on batteries but if nessecary, will run on CR123A's as well. It's also 90 lumens vs 80 lumens on the Vantage. It also functions as a useable hand light and can be removed quickly from the helmet without tools or loosening anything. Even with gloves.

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    I have the Vantage and athe FoxFury lights on my helmet. The FoxFury is good for "flood" or general lighting. Vantage is good for spot/task lighting where you are looking, and excellent for blinding my officer when I try talking to him face to face.

    I'm not getting rid of either of 'em.
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    I have a Zebralight H501w.

    It's beats anything I've ever used before.
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    excellent for blinding my officer when I try talking to him face to face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpita View Post
    excellent for blinding my officer when I try talking to him face to face.
    That is my pet peeve with guys who have a light on their helmets, they blind me when I talk to them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    Pretty sure those lights can be bought at Walmart for about 10 bucks a piece, With what is on the market now, that style LED is out of date.
    Correction, I saw these exact same lights being given away at Harbor Freight. $85 for two and some studs is a ripoff if there ever was one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue601 View Post
    Streamlight Vantage Pro all the way.

    http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=146

    Best light on the market. You get what you pay for. Also the light can be easily turn on and off with with a gloved hand so while your talking to someone you don't blind them

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